Get Started on your Path to More Personalized Medications!
Personalized (precision) medicine is a term for healthcare that fits your lifestyle, environment, and genetic makeup. Communication between healthcare providers and their patients about lifestyle and environmental factors has been stressed for a long time. But recent advances in genetic testing can now help your doctor measure the impact of your genetics on medication safety and effectiveness. Pharmacogenetics is a relatively new field that studies how genetics affects a person's response to drugs.
What is pharmacogenetic testing?
Our genetic makeup impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, including our ancestry, characteristics, risk of certain health problems, and the way we respond to certain medications. A pharmacogenetic test is a specific type of genetic test that can help doctors learn how your DNA may affect your response to certain medications. Pharmacogenetic test results provide information about your genes that can help your doctor when prescribing medication for you. These results may allow your doctor to choose the right medication and the right dose much more quickly. Health benefits from medications may be seen sooner; the risk of side effects may go down.
Great news! BetterMyMeds has teamed up with OneOme, a leader in pharmacogenetic testing, to help you bring this valuable information to your doctor. OneOme's evidence-backed RightMed® Test provides genetic results for 27 genes. This information can help your doctor find which medications and dosages may work well for you.
How it works
An order for pharmacogenetic testing must be obtained from your prescriber. A form can be downloaded here, or you can simply ask your doctor to write a prescription for the RightMed® pharmacogenetics test.
Bring the order to BetterMyMeds. At that time the test kit can be purchased, and you will be given simple instructions to use the cheek swabs. The sample will then be sealed in protective packaging and sent to the lab for assay.
Results will be returned to a BetterMyMeds pharmacist certified in pharmacogenetic counseling.
An appointment for a Pharmacogenetic counseling session with a BetterMyMeds pharmacist will be arranged . During the review you will be given a copy of the results, and you will learn what the results mean for medications you currently take as well as what they mean for medications you may need in the future.
You will be given access to the patient portal at www.OneOme.com so that you can review results again at any time, or download another copy of your report if needed.
Your prescriber can be provided with a copy of your test results to keep in your medical record.